Choosing Jodhpurs or Breeches
Just like all trousers, jodhpurs and breeches are available in a range of styles and fits to best suit various disciplines and individual preferences. We’ve put together a guide which should help you to pinpoint a pair best suited to your needs.
Designed specifically to keep you comfortable in the saddle, jodhpurs and breeches are different from other styles of trousers due to their design which is close-fitting, flexible and sports offset seams and reinforced areas.
The difference between jodhpurs and breeches
While most riders probably own both, some disciplines are better suited to one or the other. Typically, breeches are shorter than jodhpurs, finish around mid-calf length and have a tapered ankle. This reduces bulk around the lower leg and makes them ideal for use with long riding boots.
Jodhpurs, or ‘jods’ as they are commonly known by their wearers, are very similar to breeches but simply have a longer length and are slightly less tight-fitting at the cuff. These are typically worn with short jodhpur boots and either jodhpur clips, chaps or loose fitting country boots. Jodhpurs are popular for every day riding, hacking and general use around the yard.
Choosing your size
It’s important to be comfortable and to have full freedom of movement in the saddle, and the correct fit of your riding wear is crucial to this. Some jods and breeches come in different fits at the waist – high-rise, traditional mid-rise and low-rise. Unless specified within the product, it’s safe to assume that most will be traditional mid-rise fit and your size can be determined by measuring around your mid-waist. For high-rise, measure the highest point of your natural waist and for low-rise, measure around your hips. This will give you your size in inches, women’s jods/breeches tend to start at 24 inches (UK size 6) and men’s start at around a 30 inch waist.
Some also offer varied lengths – short, regular or long – depending on your height and leg length which can be determined by measuring your inside leg.
All jods and breeches tend to have reinforced patches at the knee/inner calf in order to be hardwearing, prevent rubbing and improve grip. Some styles offer this area in suede for added grip.
A ‘full seat’ or a ‘dressage seat’ means that the seat of the jods are made with an insert of contrasting fabric such as suede or new designs feature a dimpled fabric, synthetic material or small silicone pattern which offers improved grip. This style has also been referred to as ‘sticky bum’ due to the added security is provides in the seat of the saddle.
Ultimately, whichever fit you opt for, you should be comfortable and have full freedom of movement in the saddle. If you need any advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.